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'What Counts?' The State of Funding for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence (GBV) against Women and Girls .

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Effective GBV prevention work requires sustained political commitment from donors and national governments and a financial model that will catalyse transformative change across regions and countries. This report identifies the current trends and gaps in the funding landscape and provides recommendations and opportunities for donors to increase investment in prevention.

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What Counts? is an invitation to funders across the globe to redouble their efforts and continue to help drive investment in preventing gender-based violence.

With less than three years to achieve the 2026 GBV Action Coalition commitments and seven years until the end of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is an urgent need to understand and track progress towards the target of $USD 500 million in new money for evidence-based prevention programs and policies in Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries (LLMICs).

This report is the first step in understanding the existing donor funding landscape, the opportunities to drive future investment and the proposed approach to tracking new money for GBV prevention towards 2026.


What Counts? is intended for:

  • Donors who are committed to ending GBV and advancing gender equality in LLMICs.

  • Prevention practitioners, WROs, researchers, advocates and other stakeholders who are tracking progress on donor investment in GBV prevention in LLMICs.


Preventing the underlying drivers of violence such as gender inequality is crucial to ending GBV and requires comprehensive strategies working across sectors, within a feminist and intersectional framework of change. This differs from GBV response work which is focused on strengthening service provision as well as legal and justice responses.

For a long time, GBV prevention and response funding has been counted under one umbrella. In order to achieve the large-scale, catalytic changes needed to end GBV, we need ambitious investments in prevention.

This report is the starting point for understanding who is investing in GBV prevention, the levels of funding, the limitations in existing data and finding ways to count and track prevention investment more effectively.


What Counts? is based on both, quantitative data collection and key informant interviews. The study counted funding for programs, policies, and research focused on GBV prevention.

The following donors were included in the baseline data collection:

  • Bilateral donor governments

  • Multilateral agencies

  • Philanthropic trusts and foundations

  • European Union Spotlight Initiative

  • UN Trust Fund

  • Feminist funds